Alan Dalton post's birding diaries and original artwork from Sweden. Established in 2006, this now long running blog is now a complete overview of my birding experiences. As an artist I greatly enjoy sketching birds in the field and you will find a wide selection of that work here, from fieldwork to finished paintings. I am very passionate about my artwork and try to depict birds in their natural habitat, as I see them in the wild. My artwork is for sale and can be viewed at http://www.alandalton.net/
As regards to my photography, since 2008 I have used a Nikon D90 DSLR camera coupled with a Sigma 150-500mm OS lens for since March 2012 for bird photography, all previous images being digiscoped. Regarding sound recording, I have been usung a Telinga Stereo Dat Mic and parabol to record birds in the field, coupled to a Marrantz 661 digital recorder, a superb piece of kit. Interest in butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies has recently seen the accquisition of a Sigma 150mm macro lens. I hope you enjoy the blog and please feel free to leave comments or contact me at alandltn@gmail.com

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Wood Warbler; Digiscoped with Panasonic GH4; 7th May 2015































A series of digiscoped images today of Wood Warbler. Looking at these photo's, one might think the bird was a real poser, this was certainly not the case! The bird was incredibly active and I spent two hours trying to get some decent images. As often as not, as soon as I got the bird in the scope and tried to slip the camera over the scope eyepiece the bird would have moved on. It was frustrating at times and I found myself wishing I had my DSLR with me, especially as the birds landed right in front of me a few times.
 As the bird sang from numerous perches I sat back and watched for a while, soon identifying a number of perches the bird used repeatedly. Eventually, despite the birds constant movements, I got few decent images. One of the better birds of summer in my opinion, I just love the song and they a tidy birds to boot.
 Over 40 Species seen today, nothing strange, though still a great morning. Best birds were Green Sandpipers on the breeding grounds, a pair of Slavonia Grebes, several Pied Flycatchers and Blackcap. All in all, a very nice morning...

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